According to SAMHSA’s 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 22.8% of adults (or 57.8 million) in the U.S. had a mental illness in the past year, and 13.9% (34.4 million) took prescription medication for a mental health issue.
According to the National Council, patients often overstate their medication adherence and clinicians generally overestimate their own ability to identify and quantify medication non-adherence among their patients. To help prevent adherence misjudgment, the National Council recommends that medication adherence be periodically monitored by laboratory testing.
Mental health medication testing provides enhanced visibility into non-adherence and potential risk factors. Navis Clinical Laboratories offers an extensive toxicology drug testing menu with over 180 metabolites and parent drugs, including more than 60 mental health testing options.
What are you missing?
An analysis of drug test results from mental health patients where medications were reported as prescribed revealed surprising insights:
Analysis of 17,720 samples from mental health patients where a medication was reported as prescribed with the test order; Jan 2018–Sept 2019
Mental Health Medication Adherence Testing
Extensive Mental Health Test Menu
Navis Clinical Laboratories offers an extensive drug testing menu with over 180 metabolites and parent drugs, with more than 60 mental health testing options.
INTEGRATED RESULTS MANAGEMENT REPORTS
Laboratory results management reports allow you to easily monitor your testing protocols, testing frequency and positivity trends to help you offer better care for your patients.
Medication non-adherence accounts for 30-50% of treatment failures
Studies show that patients often overstate adherence because they fear disappointing their provider and that clinicians generally overestimate their own ability to identify and quantify non-adherence among their patients, highlighting the importance of objective and validated approaches to measurement, such as testing.
- Non-adherence to antipsychotic medications averages 42%
- Non-adherence to antidepressant medications averages 34%